It hit me today: Steve Jobs piece on Flash. Edited to change only the company/software names from his piece.
“FileMaker‘s products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from FileMaker, and FileMaker has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While FileMaker‘s products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by FileMaker and available only from FileMaker. By almost any definition, FileMaker is a closed system.”
“This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms. Hence developers only have access to the lowest common denominator set of features. Again, we cannot accept an outcome where developers are blocked from using our innovations and enhancements because they are not available on our competitor’s platforms.
FileMaker is a cross platform development tool. It is not FileMaker‘s goal to help developers write the best (Mac, PC,) iPhone, iPod and iPad apps. It is their goal to help developers write cross platform apps. And FileMaker has been painfully slow to adopt enhancements to Apple’s platforms....”